Hey, I am sorry. It's been a while since I got in touch via this newsletter. Time to change that!
English conversation with Freddy Lim
The Taiwan Foreign Correspondents club recently met Freddy Lim (林昶佐). The heavy metal rock star / independent second-term legislator talked about a wide variety of subjects, but came back to Taiwanese identity again and again.
00:32 Chthonic, fans and politics. The key year 2014 and consequences from the Sunflower Movement
12:28 The Ma Ying-jeou administration and its China fallacies
17:04 Taiwans’s roadmap towards more international recognition. Preparing for when opportunity comes
23:33 How can Taiwan further improve its international standing. Aboriginal culture and progressivism
27:25 The Taiwanese language vs. Mandarin. Spelling of names in official documents. Why “Lim” and not “Lin”
32:44 Should the ROC flag be changed. How Freddy takes down the flag and Sun Yat-sen pictures in parliament
35:45 Political asylum and doing more for Hong Kong’s pro democracy protesters
39:14 (My question) Freddy’s legislative priorities: LGBTQ marriage issues, more transitional justice. Transparence and Open Parliament. Young people’s frustration with politics (answer partly in Chinese)
47:16 Economic develeopment: What became of Tsai Ing-wen’s 5+2 plan? (answer partly in Chinese)
Some people I met along the way
I am not really an obsessive selfie taker, but I just went through my photo collection to check: Of the many people I met and interviewed over the years, who is there pictured in the same frame with me?
Here is a little selection I came up with. Whom do you recognize?
1) Chi Chia-wei 祁家威 , 小銘 & 小玄
2) Shieh Jhy-wey 謝志偉
3) Linda Arrigo 艾琳達
4) Tony Lo 羅祥安
5) at Tsai Ing-wen's 2016 inauguration
6) Su Beng 史明
7) 萬秀的洗衣店, 萬吉 & 秀娥 (the couple from wantshowasyoung on Instagram)
8) Egon Bahr (a legendary German politician)
9) Chen Chien-jen 陳建仁
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